Ole Miss picked up its first building block for the 2012 football signing class on Thursday with a verbal commitment from Memphis University School offensive lineman Ben Still. (April 22, 2011, Page 6A)
Six members of the Lafayette tennis team won two matches at the Division 2-4A Tournament to advance to MHSAA individual state tournament this week. The No. 1 boys doubles team of Hunter Knight and Jacob Roberts made the list as did the No. 1 girls doubles team of Lauren Cullen and Ashley Smith. Also advancing were the mixed doubles team of Mallory Davis and Barron Pruitt. The state tournament will be held May 9-10 in Jackson. (April 22, 2011, Page 7A)
Tennis has been more than a sport for Oxford High’s Zach Wilder, it’s been a way of life since he can remember. As the son of a successful collegiate tennis player who has competed against some of the best players in the region and been cradled by some top instructors over the years, tennis has helped define Wilder’s past, present and future. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford coach Drew Tyler knows a Most Valuable Player candidate when he sees one. After having 13 consecutive players who have won the EAGLE’s top boys basketball award over the years, Tyler has gained a great perspective as to what an individual has to do to obtain such recognition.
For 6-foot-2 OHS junior guard Justin Fondren, the recipe for success that ultimately allowed him to earn the 2011 EAGLE Player of Year award was his ability to do everything well. As Tyler explains it, Fondren is his best athlete, his best basketball player and best student all rolled into one. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
Bittersweet was the only way to describe the feeling Oxford coach Chris Baughman had following Tuesday night’s Region 2-5A finale against West Point at Edwin Moak Field. For the second time in less than a week, the Chargers lost a region game on their home field by making errors and not executing like they had most of the season.
The end result was a 10-7 setback to the Green Wave, a team they beat two other times this year, and a final mark of 5-4 in the region.
Despite the loss, there was one positive gained for the loss, OHS still secured the region regular season title and the coveted No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs thanks to New Hope’s 16-2 loss to Saltillo. Oxford (13-9 overall) will be idle this weekend in the playoffs because of the bye, but is still searching for a way to fully break out of the mini funk that has set in the final few games. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia will be the next stop in the playing career of Lafayette High standout Shaquilla Isom. The 5-foot-7 combo guard signed on to play with the Lady Rangers on Tuesday evening in the LHS library after two full years of recruitment.
NWCC assistant coach Shane Oakley has almost been to as many games as Isom has played in during that time period to get a better look and feel for a player that he feels will help the team immediately. (April 20, 2011, Page 2B)
A team-first approach to winning basketball games turned out to be very successful for the Oxford Lady Chargers and junior point guard Erika Sisk this season. Not only did OHS win 24 games and advance to the Class 5A North Half tournament under coach Shayne Linzy in his second season, the 5-foot-4 Sisk was able to show her all-around skills better than she has before.
Sisk not only set up her teammates during games, but she was a driving force behind the Lady Chargers’ offense. She led the area with averaging 22.0 points per game and then added to that outstanding scoring ledger by dishing out 4.8 assists and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game.
The competitive rivalry between Oxford and Lafayette in baseball doesn’t just reside with the high school players. For the third time this season, the two middle school programs locked horns in a battle that came down to the end of a game and ended up going in the Chargers’ favor.
Oxford rallied from a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to post a 6-5 win over Lafayette to capture the Tri-Lakes Conference title at Edwin Moak Field on Monday night. The victory was the third rivalry win of the season for the Chargers, who were able to secure their first conference title as well as a perfect record (7-0) in games that counted within the division. (more…) (April 19, 2011, Page 2B)
Two late inning rallies couldn’t overcome the bevy of mistakes made by the Oxford Chargers in their Region 2-5A game with Saltillo on Friday night at Edwin Moak Field. With a win over the Tigers, the Chargers could have wrapped up the No. 1 seed out of the division for the upcoming Class 5A playoffs. Instead of securing that goal, errors and miscues doomed OHS in an 8-7 loss that coach Chris Baughman saw coming before the start of the contest. (April 18, 2011, Page 3B)
Oxford’s boys track team defeated Tupelo to win the title at the Daily Journal Relays on Saturday. The Chargers totaled 202 points compared to Tupelo’s 168 point total to capture the crown. (more…) (April 18, 2011, Page 2B)